Wrap Up Of Fiddlers Convention Weekend

a. Our group playing old Joe Clark on WAFF Friday (3 Oct) (near end of video)


b. On page two of the Athens State University student newspaper – The Athenian – there is a good write up about who the judges are for the 48th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. As you can see they come from a variety of places and bring a lot of bluegrass background with them. As a competitor I think the judges made good choices.


d. Here’s the latest Dulcimentary from this last Fiddlers convention


e. Individual photos from the 2014 convention. Select the first photo then you can click on the right arrow to advance to the next photo


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Always remember when things don’t go your way what Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”    Matthew 7:12

Paint Rock Valley Bluegrass Festival

Some of us made it out to the 2014 Paint Rock Valley Ole Timey Craft & Bluegrass Festival. It is a very well run festival and great location. Here’s my dulcimentary of the festival from Friday:


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Volunteer(s) of the Year Award (updated pic)

We had a pleasant surprise at the Athens-Limestone Tourism Breakfast and Awards Ceremony this morning.  Here’s a couple of pictures of our ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ presented to ‘Athens Dulcimer Group’!  I know that we all appreciate receiving it and I wanted to share the picture, and plan to bring it to our next jam.  Thanks to all our group that gives the gift of their time, for we all know it is truly better to give than to receive.

Grady and Janice Swanner

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The Way We Played

We had a lot of fun playing at The Way We Worked -Athens  see the video at http://youtu.be/UuxUpsvlOO4

Also, Jon & Betty Harris asked me to pass this on: they are hosting a Dulcimer Gospel Jam at their home Tuesday, 7 October, at 6 p.m. Address: 416 Gillespie Rd Madison, AL Phone 256-837-6218 jonwharris@knology.net  All are welcome.

A Remote-Controlled Race Car/Electric Dulcimer

Here’s something interesting I saw on FaceBook/YouTube,  A Remote-Controlled Race Car/Electric Dulcimer that really moves

Edd Pressnell: Dulcimer Maker


Mark Richmond Sr. posted this photo on FaceBook, “Dulcimer Players – Have you ever wonder why you have carved hearts on your Dulcimer? Dulcimer maker Edd Presnell has the reason written on his tombstone: ‘THOSE CARVED HEARTS ARE PLACED AND POINTED TO TALK TO GOD'”


For those interested in mountain dulcimer history here’s some more information on Edd Pressnell that I have found:

Edd Pressnell: Dulcimer Maker
Edd Presnell, a mountain craftsman and native of Watauga County, North Carolina, demonstrates and comments on the construction of a dulcimer.  Presnell learned his craft from his father-in-law.  Film includes a brief performance on a finished dulcimer by his wife, Nettie. This 16mm film is archived in the Thomas G. Burton and Jack Schrader collection in the Archives of Appalachia, East Tennesse State University. See video at:

Edd Presnell made his first dulcimer in 1936 and his last, #1,890, shortly before his death in 1994.

Edd Presnell (left, dulcimer player and maker), sitting on split rail fence next to fiddler Shoner Benfield with Grandfather Mountain in background http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/morton_highlights/id/2386/rec/5

Carving of Edd Presnell carved in a piece of wood, found on his gravesite:

Edd Presnell’s Obituary



We had some young players at the jam last night (see, we’re not all a bunch of old geezers). (Click on each photo for larger image)

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